Ahead of the 2023 general election, the former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chief Adebayo Adelabu has been officially affirmed as Accord’s gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State.
The event, which was held at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke Ado, Ibadan, witnessed the presence of mammoth loyalists of Accord Party across the 33 local government areas of the state.
The affirmation of Chief Bayo Adelabu, according to the state Chairman of Accord, is in compliance with the amended electoral law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, giving the parties opportunity to substitute names of the candidates before the stipulated time.
He noted that it is on the guidelines that Accord leadership at the national and state levels substituted the name of the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Hon. Ayodele Oyajide and affirmed the name of Chief Adebayo Adelabu as the standard bearer of the party.
In his address, the National Chairman, Alhaji Muhammed Nalado, charged the Accord members and people of Oyo State to stand with the party’s flag bearer in the coming election, saying that the party has become a household name in the state.
“I urge all the party members that are aggrieved to embrace peace and let us be in one Accord, Nigerians need a true change, we are seeing what we are seeing today because we made a wrong choice then, let us come out in 2023 and elect a right leader.” Nalado said.
The newly affirmed Accord candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, in his acceptance speech, called for collective efforts to win the 2023 elections in Oyo State.
According to him, “this is our time of progress and this is our time to move on to the next level in Oyo state, for a new dawn has come, I thank all members of Accord party and the change you’re yarning for is here, our coming to Accord Party is not by accident, this will be the first time that Accord Party will produce the governor for Oyo State, we are not only winning the gubernatorial but all the Senatorial, House of Representatives and state House of Assembly seats.
“We need oneness and progress to win the elections, Adelabu cannot win it alone and I urge everybody to come together, the voice of the people shall reign supreme at the coming election and I believe they want me to be their governor, whatever we can do to make our people come together let’s do it, the work has started and by the grace of God come 2023, I shall be sworn in as the governor of Oyo State.
“I shall give the masses free education, security, economy, free flow of transportation in our cities. Very soon we shall start door to door campaign across the state, today is not for campaign but I can assure you that we are going to win at the next election,” Adelabu said.
The programme was attended by all Accord candidates for Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly in Oyo State.